Top Ten Jet Fighters
I am a crazy fan of jet fighters and I am sure most of you guys out there will share the same feeling. What attracts me about a fighter plane is its agility and the awesome design. Below is a list that is purely based on opinions. If your favorite plane is not included in the list, please let us know in the comments along with why you think it should have been a part. Enjoy the read!
10. SU-27 FLANKER
This particular fighter comes from the Soviet Union and it took its first flight on the 20th May of 1977. It was introduced in the December of 1984. The aircraft was designed by Sukhoi. It has a range of 3,530 kilometers with heavy armament and very sophisticated avionics. It is usually used for air superiority missions. It was built to tackle the F-15 Eagle by the United States (discussed below). There are many different variations of this fighter available to Russian Air Force. The fighter is also used by the Chinese and Ukraine.
9. F-18 E/F SUPER HORNET
Did you guys play the game? I did and didn’t really like it. Anyway, this is a multirole fighter. The fighter comes from the United States of America and it took its first flight on the 29th November of 1995. It was introduced in the year 1999. Another variant of this fighter is the EA-18G Growler. It can carry air-to-air missiles as well as air-to-surface weapons and has an internal 20 mm gun. It was designed by McDonnell Douglas initially. Apart from the United States, Australia also use these fighters.
8. F-16 E FIGHTING FALCON
This is a multirole jet fighter that was originally designed by the General Dynamics. It was designed for the United States Air Force. It took its first flight on the 2nd February of 1974 while it was actually introduced four years later in the August of 1978. There are many different variations of this particular aircraft. For this particular plane, the pilots themselves use ‘Viper’ instead of the original ‘Fighting Falcon’. The fighter production is not under the Lockheed Martin since General Dynamics sold their aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed Corporation.
7. F-15 C EAGLE
This is tactical fighter with twin engines and it was designed by McDonnell Douglas. Its role is air superiority. Eagle took its first flight on the 27th July of 1972 and was introduced almost four years later in the January of 1978. This plane is used by the United States, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Israel and it has four main variants; F 15 E Strike Eagle, F 15 STOL/MTD, F 15 SE Silent Eagle and Mitsubishi F 15 J. Even though USAF has much better aircrafts in their arsenal, this particular fighter is all set to remain in service till after 2025.
This fighter plane comes from Russia and it was developed by Mikoyan. Mig-35 took its first flight somewhere in the year 2007. It is a development from Mig-29M/M2 and Mig-29K/KUB and is classified as 4++ generation jet fighter by the developers. This particular plane is single seated and this one has superior weapon systems and greatly improved avionics with a new radar technology. The total number produced of these aircrafts is currently unknown to us.
5. F-14 D TOMCAT
I absolutely love the codenames these jet fighters are assigned. The aircraft was designed for the United States Navy by Grumman. It is faster than the speed of sound and has twin engines with two seats. This guy first took its flight on the 21st December of 1970 and was later introduced in the September of 1974. Apart from the United States, this aircraft is used by Iran a well. The Tomcat used to be the primary air superiority fighter although it was retired from the Navy fleet in the September of 2006.
4. DASSAULT RAFALE
This aircraft is the first in this list to come from France. It is twin-engine fighter. This guy flew for the first time on the 4th July of 1986 and was introduced later (fourteen years later actually) in December of 2000. It used by the French Air Force and Navy and Indian Air Force. This particular fighter has been used in combat over Afghanistan and Libya. With semi-stealth capabilities this is a perfect multirole combat aircraft and also is really cost effective. It can also be used in airborne nuclear deterrent missions.
The Sujkhoi Su-35 comes from Russia and it is a single-seat fighter with twin engines. This guy is the derivative of the aforementioned Su-27. This fighter has been offered to Brazil, India and South Korea as well. The Su-35 took its first flight on the 19th February of 2008 and is still in production. With greatly enhanced avionics and longer range and improved maneuverability, I think that spending over $45 million on a single unit is pretty understandable. Actually, the costs can go as high as $65 million per uinit; sigh!
2. EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
This is a multirole fighter with twin engines and it was manufactured by Eurofighter GmbH. This aircraft currently serves the Austrian Air Force, German Luftwaffe, Italian Air Force, Spanish Air Force, British Royal Air Force and Saudi Royal Air Force. It took its first flight on the 27th March of 1994 and was introduced in August of 2003. Remember the EF2000? It’s a game. Again, didn’t like it much.
1. F-22 RAPTOR
If you are into jet fighters and air technology, I am pretty sure you guys guessed who would take the top spot. This particular fighter comes from the United States of America. This guy was manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Boeing and boy this is an amazing machine. It is an air superiority fighter and with everything else, it is almost invisible to the radar which makes it easy to penetrate the enemy territory. It took its first flight on the 7th September of 1997 and was introduced in December of 2005. You should know that the F22 Raptor fleet has reported problems with the oxygen system since 2010.